TAWAU, (1 Nov) — Cubaan kumpulan ekstrimis dari selatan Filipina mewujudkan suasana “tegang” di Sabah merupakan perbuatan sia-sia dan tidak memberikan manfaat kepada etnik Suluk tempatan di negeri ini, kata Setiausaha Majlis Permuafakatan Suluk Sabah (MPSS) Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto.
Sebaliknya, beliau berkata tindakan mereka yang cuba menggugat kedaulatan negara telah memberikan implikasi buruk kepada warga Malaysia berketurunan Suluk.
Oleh itu, Mohd Zaki berkata etnik Suluk tempatan khususnya di Sabah perlu bijak membuat penilaian dan tidak mudah terpengaruh dengan usaha memesongkan pemikiran oleh kumpulan ekstrimis itu.
“Kita harus bersyukur kerana menjadi rakyat dan warganegara di Malaysia. Dibandingkan dengan kehidupan di Selatan Filipina, etnik Suluk di Malaysia jauh lebih baik dan sejahtera.
“Nampaknya mereka mencemburui kesejahteraan kita, dan cuba merosakkan nama baik kita dengan merosakkan imej etnik Suluk tempatan,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.
Sehubungan itu, Mohd Zaki berkata rakyat negeri ini, terutama etnik Suluk tempatan perlu memperkuatkan jatidiri supaya tidak mudah dieksploitasi atau menjadi ‘kambing hitam’ kepada pihak yang berkepentingan dan berniat jahat.”
Mohd Zaki yang juga Pengerusi Gabungan Persatuan Komuniti Belia Zon Selamat Timur Sabah (ESSZONE) turut meminta komuniti etnik Suluk tempatan supaya membuktikan taat setia kepada negara dengan menolak cubaan meniupkan semangat perkauman yang melampau demi kelangsungan kesejahteraan hidup generasi masa depan.
Pada masa yang sama, beliau menyeru pihak Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Pantai Timur Sabah (ESSCOM) memperkasakan kehadiran kesemua elemen ESSCOM dengan tidak hanya memfokuskan ‘omni presence’ di kawasan perairan malah melipatgandakan ‘show of force’ di kawasan daratan.
“Apabila kehadiran elemen ESSCOM dirasai masyarakat khasnya di 10 daerah ESSZONE, pastinya keyakinan terhadap tahap keselamatan akan meningkat sekaligus menutup ruang kepada tali barut pengganas yang mungkin telah lama menyusup masuk ke dalam masyarakat.
“Kita juga harus bersedia menjadi mata, telinga serta mulut kerajaan dan pihak berkuasa kerana maklumat yang kita sampaikan amat besar ertinya kepada mereka,” katanya.
ESSCOM diwujudkan pada 1 April 2013 selepas berlakunya insiden pencerobohan di Tanduo, Lahad Datu awal tahun yang sama.
ESSZONE merangkumi 10 daerah yang meliputi 1,733.7 kilometer dari Kudat ke Tawau. Daerah-daerah terbabit ialah Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna, dan Tawau.
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KOTA KINABALU,(31 Okt) — Amalan integriti seharusnya menjadi pegangan utama bagi setiap penjawat awam mahupun masyarakat, kata Pengarah Jabatan Integriti Tatatertib Dan Tadbir Urus, Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia (MCMC), Azmi Ahmad.
Beliau berkata melalui amalan integriti, ia mampu meningkatkan kecekapan sistem penyampaian dan produktiviti organisasi.
Katanya pelbagai langkah telah dilaksanakan kerajaan bagi membudayakan amalan integriti terutama dalam kalangan warga MCMC sejak penubuhan Jabatan Integriti itu pada 2012.
“Antara (langkah) itu termasuk mengadakan sesi komunikasi integriti dalam semua peringkat, menjemput penceramah jemputan dari dalam dan luar MCMC, menganjurkan bengkel kepimpinan dan majlis sambutan Hari Integriti MCMC,” katanya.
Azmi berkata demikian ketika berucap merasmikan Hari Integriti MCMC 2014 bertemakan ‘Integriti Pemangkin Transformasi’ anjuran MCMC Pejabat Wilayah Sabah, di sini hari ini.
Turut hadir Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Pantai Timur Sabah (ESSCom), Ruji Ubi.
Menurut Azmi kemajuan ekonomi dan teknologi yang dikecapi kini hendaklah seiring dengan pembangunan sosial, budaya dan rohani ke arah mencapai matlamat menjadi masyarakat maju. — BERNAMA
KOTA KINABALU, (Oct 31) — The wife of the fish breeder who was abducted in Kampung Sapang Air, Kunak five months ago has appealed to the relevant authorities to help secure the release of her husband as she has been given until November to settle the ransom.
“I cannot wait any longer, time is running out. The kidnappers have been calling me everyday to pay by November or they will kill my husband,” Chin Pek Nyen, 42, told reporters Friday.
Chin from Ipoh, Perak, said the kidnappers had demanded RM3 million to secure the release of her husband, Chan Sai Chiun, 32.
She said since the abduction on June 16, the kidnappers had contacted her more than 200 times, with the last call at 9 last night.
“They are getting annoyed and impatient and they keep calling me everyday to ask if I have the money. I don’t know what to reply as the money I have gathered from my relatives is insufficient to bring home my husband,” she said.
The kidnappers’ decision on RM3 million to be paid up by November was final as they would not reduce the amount any more, she said.
The kidnappers had initially demanded RM15 million and the amount was reduced to RM5 million, she added.
“If there is not enough money raised, I will go to the Philippines and will not be getting any more calls demanding for money. I have no idea of my husband’s condition after receiving his last call last July.
“I am very worried thinking of my husband’s fate and have not been eating and sleeping well,” she said.
Asked on her last conversation with her husband, Chin said her husband did not say much and only urged her to raise the money, adding that, he was always moved from one location to another.
Chin said except for help in negotiation extended by the Kunak police headquarters, no one else had come forward to help solve the case.
The childless couple who have been married for seven years, started the caged-fish breeding business in Kunak in March after living in Sandakan for the past seven years.
In the incident, which occurred at about 12.40am, Chan and a worker identified as Mazlan, in his 20’s, were kidnapped by two armed men at the fish breeding centre.
A marine police constable Zakia Aliep was also kidnapped by a group of intruders at a resort in Mabul Island, Semporna since July 12.
Zakia was the fourth victim after the kidnappings at Singamata Adventures Reef and Beach Resort in Semporna, Pulau Baik, Lahad Datu and in Kampung Sapang, Kunak. — BERNAMA
KOTA KINABALU, (Oct 31) — The country’s second submarine, KD TUN RAZAK (KD TRZ) today successfully fired a Black Shark torpedo that hit the intended target in the South China Sea this morning.
The torpedo which was launched from the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (TLDM) strategic assets hit the surface target at 11.13am based on a set distance and speed.
According to a TLDM public relations statement, KD TRZ fired a Black Shark torpedo at a ‘passenger ferry’ that was modified as a target for the shooting purpose.
It said the torpedo which was launched accurately destroyed and sank its target.
“This is the first time a Malaysian submarine fired a torpedo since the country’s first submarine, KD TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN (KD TAR) arrived at Port Klang on September 3, 2009.
The missile launch was also the first for Black Shark torpedo since it was introduced by its manufacturing company, Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (WASS) of Italy,” the statement said.
The launch also involved supporting assets of TLDM and the Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) including KD JEBAT, KD TERENGGANU, KD KASTURI, KD LAKSAMANA TAN PUSMAH, Fennec helicopter, submarine rescue boat MEGA BAKTI, CB90 Combat Boat as well as diving teams.
The statement said the successful exercise showed the preparedness of the Armed Forces, especially TLDM, at a high level of alertness in defending the country’s sovereignty and placing TLDM as a respected force in the region. — BERNAMA
TAWAU: — The public is reminded against being easily duped into accepting as true, information, particularly that disseminated via social media such as Facebook and WhatsApp.
ESSZone Federation of Youth Community Associations chairman, Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto said the validity of information spread via the social media could still be questioned.
“Undeniably, the dissemination or sharing of information among users of the Internet is very widespread. It is easily done due to the absence of control or screening to monitor the dissemination of such information.
“As such, the public must avoid spreading or sharing materials which can create panic to the public, especially if it touches on national security,” he said in a statement, here, today.
Mohd Zaki also hoped that the authorities, especially those involved in national security intelligence, stressed more on integrity and were more professional when carrying out their duties to ensure security intelligence did not leak easily.
“The activity of uploading information to colleagues must be curtailed as it may end up in the hands of the public. It is regarded as flouting their pledge and oath of secrecy and is an offence under the Official Secrets Act.
“As such, we hope the security authorities will focus more on integrity of their personnel and immediately act against those found to be negligent or to have deliberately leaked secrets,” he added. — BERNAMA
KOTA KINABALU: — The two criminals shot dead in Penampang Baru yesterday are believed to have been involved in three armed robberies this month, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said today.
He said the robberies took place at an electrical outlet in Penampang on Oct 6, a supermarket in Kota Kinabalu on Oct 9 and a goldsmith shop in Tuaran on Oct 16.
Jalaluddin said the two men shot dead were aged 50 and 45 and were Filipinos whom the police had been hunting for about three months.
“Based on police intelligence, we often set up roadblocks to haul up suspects of robberies and armed robberies,” he told a press conference.
Asked whether the criminals had had any connection with Sulu militants and had been recruiting new members, he said the matter would be investigated.
Jalaluddin said that at about 4 pm yesterday, a special task force tailed the two men, who were in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, from Kota Kinabalu towards Penampang Baru.
The police recognised the men from photographs of wanted men.
“The vehicle stopped in front of a restaurant and one policeman went to the driver’s door and another policeman, to the front passenger’s door.
“After the policeman at the driver’s door knocked on the window and identified himself as a policeman, the policeman on the passenger’s side spotted the passenger holding a pistol and shouted ‘pistol’. A shootout followed,” he said.
The shootout ended with the two men being shot dead.
Jalaluddin said the police seized two handphones, a wallet, a Browning pistol, a bullet and two shells.
He advised the people not to speculate on the incident, and not to easily trust the news on it in the social media.
He said the situation was under control. — BERNAMA